After a short search of dog-friendly parks, I decided to take my dog, Sue Jung, to Peters Canyon Regional Park. We arrived around 11:30 am on a Saturday morning. With my sunblock pre-applied and a gallon of water in my backpack, I felt prepared to tackle the longest trail (about 5.6 miles).
The parking lot was mostly empty and was relatively cheap (an all-day pass for $3). The beginning of the trail was narrow and relatively crowded, which put Sue Jung on edge. However, once we reached the longest trail, the path widened out and encounters with people became less frequent.
The trail became unexpectedly steep and you could walk for over a mile without any shade whatsoever. I found myself wondering if my hiking shoes would have been better than my tennis shoes. That said, I passed by quite a few runners and bikers on the trail.
Every quarter to half mile, there were some awesome view points with benches to sit on.
I stopped every 20-30 minutes for both of us to rehydrate. However, After two and half miles, Sue Jung was exhausted and became content to lie down in the dirt.
I think I underestimated how hot it was going to be. When a park ranger stopped to talk to me at one of our stops, I decided to take him up on his offer for a ride back to the parking lot.
As soon we got home, I gave Sue a bath…not only to clean off all the dirt but to cool her down. It might have been the first shower she has ever enjoyed.
Overall, I had an awesome trip! I plan on going again and finishing the trail–just not with Sue Jung. If I take her again, it will be during a cooler month and on the easier/shorter trail.
If you’re curious, you can read the official park page here.
Does anyone have any recommendations or suggestions for a good place to hike?